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Were David Bowie’s ashes scattered during a ceremony at Burning Man?

Conflicting reports regarding an assembly that payed tribute to the legendary virtuoso

  • Harrison Williams
  • 12 September 2016

Apparently David Bowie’s godchild held a special ceremony at Burning Man in which a portion of the artist’s ashes were scattered on the Playa. However, Bowie's son Duncan Jones is saying this claim is completely false.

According to E! News, a source revealed that Bowie's wife Iman gave the ashes to his godchild, as it was clear that the two had a special connection to the desert gathering.

"David's godchild and David had long talks about Burning Man and what it stands for, and David loved the message behind it," said the source.

The ceremony for the late cultural icon, who passed away in January after a lengthy battle with cancer, was supposedly held at the Temple, a structure that is erected each year for Burners to pay tribute to lost loved ones.

Reportedly, 70 people attended the ceremony with an eyewitness sharing a small description: "We played [David's] music the entire drive from our camp to the Temple and back. Most of us had the Bowie [lightning bolt] face paint on in his honor."

Once the story was reported, Duncan Jones took to Twitter to lay rest to the tale: "That Burning Man thing? What people will do & say for attention never ceases to amaze me. Not true. Kind of a gross claim as well."

That being said, the original source is sticking by his account. The story stemmed from Mark Milhaly, operator of the Burner blog Burn. Life. He spoke with The Telegraph to discuss the validity of his claim: “There’s no question it’s true. I’ve spoken to multiple people who were there, including an art car owner, who was in the procession and [who] is in contact with Bowie’s family.”

Milhaly also said the member of Bowie's family who scattered the ashes asked that his name be removed from the original article as it was supposed to be a private affair.

The Temple was one of the many structures that burned during the closing hours of the festival.

View Mixmag's favorite photos from the history of Burning Man.

Harrison is Mixmag's East Coast Editor. Follow him on Twitter here

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